Compassion & Respect
Another important benefit of peer support groups is that you can continue to participate long after you’ve completed treatment. Recovering from a substance use disorder or a mental health concern can require lifelong effort.
Continuing to actively participate in one or more community-based peer support groups can help you make sustained progress. Your peer support group can also help you overcome temporary setbacks before they become long-term problems.
Reducing your risk of relapse
Peer supporters have been where you are and have worked through cravings and triggers, and maintained their sobriety. In fact, studies have shown that peer support helps significantly reduce your risk of relapse.
Being role models for recovery
It is important to have role models for living in sobriety. Having general support for your recovery is important for your overall well-being. But having a network of support that can “walk the walk” will give you the guidance you need to model your own sober lifestyle.
Giving you a sense of hope
There is a reason that sobriety is done one day at a time. Recovery — especially in the early days — is difficult. Having a network of folks who have come through and are out on the other side can give you hope for your own journey’s success.
Helping you develop sober strategies and other coping skills
Learning how to navigate stressful events, triggers, and other life events while sober can be tricky. Your peer support network can not only be there for you when you need a safe place to deal with complex events, but can help you develop the tools you need for maintaining sobriety during these times.